Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Program

with concentrations in: Water Resources Management; Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability



The Professional Science Master’s Program of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia will advance students’ knowledge and prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce, for the next level of education, for specialized employment opportunities, and for lifelong learning.  


The Professional Science Master’s Program of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia will provide a framework for collaborating with District and regional employers to design and offer timely, high-quality graduate degrees in interdisciplinary, STEM- based specialties that are in high demand, giving UDC students a competitive edge in the global economy.


PSM students in water resources management, urban sustainability and urban agriculture will:

  1. Demonstrate effective critical and problem solving skills by applying both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  2. Apply advanced statistical and geospatial analytical tools to make informed decisions.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism with good oral and written communication skills.
  4. Apply both basic and state-of-the art analytical technologies in determining the quality and sustainability of natural or built environments.
  5. Apply project management and sustainability concept to plan, execute, monitor and control a project.
  6. Monitor and assess the impact of urban development on ecosystem health and services.

Program Overview:

In our PSM programs, students utilize the latest quantitative methods in preparation for the green job market in the District of Columbia and the world. Our interdisciplinary program provides not only deep knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological sciences applicable to urban systems management, assessment, and monitoring, it will also build your skills in environmental policy, communication, business management, project management, ethics and leadership. This diverse toolkit will uniquely equip you to tackle the challenges of building the sustainable urban communities of the future through a strong focus on food security, food and water safety, resource management, energy efficiency.

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Degree is a graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced skills in Water Resources Management. New this year, the program has expanded to offer concentrations in Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability. Using a combination of application and theory, the three PSM concentrations allow learners to gain hands-on experience through project design, implementation, case studies, internship programs and applied research. Additionally, communication and learning across disciplines are encouraged in order to strengthen analytical and problem solving skills.

PSM Concentration in Water Resources Management

The Water Resources Management concentration is an interdisciplinary and practical graduate program prepares graduates for effective science communication and problem solving skills, entrepreneurship and technical innovation, in order to address the global challenges of water availability, quality and sustainability.

PSM Concentrations in Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability – New!

Because UDC is the nation’s only exclusively urban landgrant, no institution is as uniquely positioned to address the lack of opportunities for professionals to gain practical knowledge and conduct applied research to address increasing demands on urban land for food production and improve urban sustainability and water security.

The Urban Agriculture concentration connects the dots between locally grown food, nutritional health and economic empowerment to make urban farming a successful business. The program offers students a chance to see sustainable research techniques applied in action, whether it be at the 143-acre Firebird Farm in Beltsville, Maryland, our 3-acre innovative mobile urban farm in Ward 7 of the District, or the 20,000 sq. ft. rooftop farm right here on the Van Ness campus.

The Urban Sustainability concentration will prepare students for a wide range of urban sustainability careers and rapid advancement in business, government, and non-profit organizations by providing students with hands-on experience with sustainable projects, implementation and maintenance. Students will learn how to create solutions for current urban sustainability challenges through case studies and internship programs.

Curricula (click here for additional information)

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Nancy Chapman, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science (CAIBS) - Clarence Pearson, Director

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